Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Rummy Grapefruit Soda

I brought this to a board meeting the other night:

Rummy Grapefruit Soda


Brand: Rummy Grapefruit Soda.

Origin: Breese, IL.

Purchase Place: "Minnesota's Largest Candy Store," Jordan, MN.

Sweetener: Pure Cane Sugar.

Review: It's like Squirt. A lot like squirt. And a little like Fresca. It's good, but nothing special. You like Squirt? You'll like this.

Score: 6 out of 10.

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Dr. Brown's Black Cherry Soda

Last night, we grabbed some sandwiches from Cecil's Deli just down the street here in St. Paul. They have a big cooler with sodas, so I grabbed one to take home.

Sodas at Cecil's Deli

Dr. Brown's Cherry Soda
In the front of Cecils. The front is the deli, and the back is the restaurant.

Brand: Dr. Brown's Black Cherry Soda

Origin: College Point, NY.

Purchase Place: Cecil's Deli, St. Paul, MN.

Sweetener: High Fructose Corn Syrup.

Review: This was somewhere between a black cherry soda and a black cherry CREME soda. It needed to pick a side. It was too smooth to be a good black cherry soda, but it wasn't smooth enough to be a good black cherry creme soda. I was disappointed.

Score: 4 out of 10.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

1990s Pepsi Cans

Someone just found a stash of unopened Pepsi cans from the late 80s / early 90s:

Pepsi from the 1990s

Raging Razzberry Pepsi

Pepsi from the 1990s

Pepsi from the 1990s with a surfer

Pepsi from the 1990s

Pepsi from the 1990s

Pepsi Cool Cans


Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Iron Horse Cream Soda

Yesterday I had the worst cream soda of my life:

Iron Horse Cream Soda


Brand: Iron Horse Cream Soda.

Origin: Edina, MN.

Purchase Place: "Minnesota's Largest Candy Store," Jordan, MN.

Sweetener: High Fructose Corn Syrup.

Review: This was bad. You know the sharpness that unsweetened carbonated water has? It tasted like that only slightly more "brown." It was not creamy like a cream soda should be. I couldn't drink the whole bottle.

Score: 1.5 out of 10.

Monday, March 30, 2015

Hapi Mandarin Orange Float Drink

This past weekend, I needed to make a last-minute stop at Cub Foods, and I spotted this while I was there:

Hapi Mandarin Orange Float Drink


It's not "technically" a soda, but it's sweetened with HFCS, so I figured it'd be kinda like a soda. It wasn't.


Brand: Hapi Mandarin Orange Float Drink.

Origin: Korea.

Purchase Place: Cub Foods, St. Paul, MN.

Sweetener: High Fructose Corn Syrup.

Review: Well, it tasted like mandarin oranges and it had small chunks of them in it. So that seems about right. But it was kinda gross. It was like bad tasting OJ. The "mandarin orange" flavor was right on (the 2nd ingredient is "mandarin orange pulp" and the 4th is "mandarin orange concentrate"), but it just wasn't good.

Score: 3 out of 10.

Friday, March 27, 2015

Tommyknocker 1859 Original Root Beer

I cracked into this during my boy's nap time today:

Tommyknocker 1859 Original Root Beer


Brand: Tommyknocker 1859 Original Root Beer.

Origin: Idaho Springs, CO.

Purchase Place: "Minnesota's Largest Candy Store," Jordan, MN.

Sweetener: Pure Cane Sugar.

Review: This had a sharp flavor that almost tastes a little burnt. It's super earthy, but not "mellow" earth - it's a "harsh" herby and earthy flavor. I can see how some people might like it (super hippies), but it wasn't a good flavor too me. If it were toned down a bit, it could be good. But it was just too strong.

Score: 5 out of 10.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Hippo Size Beverages Big Black Cherry

My first "Hippo" soda 2 months ago was FANTASTIC. I thought I'd grab another one from Frattallones Ace's big selection:

Lots of Hippos!
Hippos at The Frattallone's Ace on Grand Avenue in St. Paul.

Hippo Size Beverages Big Black Cherry


Brand: Hippo Size Beverages Big Black Cherry.

Origin: Mukilteo, Washington.

Purchase Place: Frattallones Ace Hardware, St. Paul, MN.

Sweetener: Cane Sugar.

Review: The sweetness in this soda was too sharp. I don't expect a Black Cherry to be smooth, but this was just too pungent. The Black Cherry flavor was good, but just didn't care for how sharp this soda was.

Score: 4 out of 10.